Cambridge LL.M. 2014 - 2015 Applicants


qwertyu

Hi everyone!

Anyone from India who has received an offer?



Someone in the afternoon did mention him/her knowing somebody from India who's status had changed. So apparently they have definitely released something for India. My status remains Awaiting Consideration from Department though. I am from India too.

<blockquote>Hi everyone!

Anyone from India who has received an offer?

</blockquote>

Someone in the afternoon did mention him/her knowing somebody from India who's status had changed. So apparently they have definitely released something for India. My status remains Awaiting Consideration from Department though. I am from India too.
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Linas

From what I understand, the BoGS checks three things: academic requirements, English language requirements, and financial requirements. So, I believe they could only decide negatively if they find out that you have falsified your diploma / TOEFL, since the financing only becomes an issue later... Or am I getting it wrong?


That is not the only possible interpretation. The Cambridge website detailing the admission process specifies that the Board decides on 'required levels for academic and English language attainment' (although perhaps that only applies to academic conditions attached to offers) and that it has the power to decline 'a degree committee's recommendation to make an offer to any candidate who does not meet these criteria.' That sounds pretty broad, thus I would be weary of jumping into any conclusions. It does seem that the issue lacks transparency.

<blockquote>From what I understand, the BoGS checks three things: academic requirements, English language requirements, and financial requirements. So, I believe they could only decide negatively if they find out that you have falsified your diploma / TOEFL, since the financing only becomes an issue later... Or am I getting it wrong?</blockquote>

That is not the only possible interpretation. The Cambridge website detailing the admission process specifies that the Board decides on 'required levels for academic and English language attainment' (although perhaps that only applies to academic conditions attached to offers) and that it has the power to decline 'a degree committee's recommendation to make an offer to any candidate who does not meet these criteria.' That sounds pretty broad, thus I would be weary of jumping into any conclusions. It does seem that the issue lacks transparency.
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llmuk14


That is not the only possible interpretation. The Cambridge website detailing the admission process specifies that the Board decides on 'required levels for academic and English language attainment' (although perhaps that only applies to academic conditions attached to offers) and that it has the power to decline 'a degree committee's recommendation to make an offer to any candidate who does not meet these criteria.' That sounds pretty broad, thus I would be weary of jumping into any conclusions. It does seem that the issue lacks transparency.


That sounds fair but involving a wide ambit of discretion. So I guess the degree committee scrutinizes the procedural requirements (e.g., references, and all the formalities that needs to be complied with), while the BoGS evaluates the academic rigor of the application. Being on the BoGS stage just means the degree committee finds that the formalities have been complied with and the BoGS makes the substantive evaluations.

<blockquote>
That is not the only possible interpretation. The Cambridge website detailing the admission process specifies that the Board decides on 'required levels for academic and English language attainment' (although perhaps that only applies to academic conditions attached to offers) and that it has the power to decline 'a degree committee's recommendation to make an offer to any candidate who does not meet these criteria.' That sounds pretty broad, thus I would be weary of jumping into any conclusions. It does seem that the issue lacks transparency.</blockquote>

That sounds fair but involving a wide ambit of discretion. So I guess the degree committee scrutinizes the procedural requirements (e.g., references, and all the formalities that needs to be complied with), while the BoGS evaluates the academic rigor of the application. Being on the BoGS stage just means the degree committee finds that the formalities have been complied with and the BoGS makes the substantive evaluations.
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Mark W


That sounds fair but involving a wide ambit of discretion. So I guess the degree committee scrutinizes the procedural requirements (e.g., references, and all the formalities that needs to be complied with), while the BoGS evaluates the academic rigor of the application. Being on the BoGS stage just means the degree committee finds that the formalities have been complied with and the BoGS makes the substantive evaluations.


That is clearly wrong, otherwise virtually 100% of applicants would make it to BoGS stage :)

<blockquote>
That sounds fair but involving a wide ambit of discretion. So I guess the degree committee scrutinizes the procedural requirements (e.g., references, and all the formalities that needs to be complied with), while the BoGS evaluates the academic rigor of the application. Being on the BoGS stage just means the degree committee finds that the formalities have been complied with and the BoGS makes the substantive evaluations. </blockquote>

That is clearly wrong, otherwise virtually 100% of applicants would make it to BoGS stage :)
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Linas

Possible, although I'm not sure if it's correct to overemphasize the role of the Board either. It seems to me that the Faculty does make the most important initial decision. It sounds like the Board then evaluates whether that decision was reached correctly based on the academic merit of the applicant (sort of like an ombudsman reviewing the parliament's decision).

Yet, this is all pure speculation, as the website is not very specific.

Here's the Cambridge page describing the process:
https://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/students/studentregistry/current/graduate/policy/roles/admission/

Possible, although I'm not sure if it's correct to overemphasize the role of the Board either. It seems to me that the Faculty does make the most important initial decision. It sounds like the Board then evaluates whether that decision was reached correctly based on the academic merit of the applicant (sort of like an ombudsman reviewing the parliament's decision).

Yet, this is all pure speculation, as the website is not very specific.

Here's the Cambridge page describing the process:
https://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/students/studentregistry/current/graduate/policy/roles/admission/
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Hi All,

Just wondering if anyone from Australia has heard anything? According to my app tracker only 1 person has received news. Is it reasonable to assume that a fresh round of emails is to be expected following on from last weeks round? Surely that cannot be it- would be a bit of a let down after all the hype really! Haha :)

Hi All,

Just wondering if anyone from Australia has heard anything? According to my app tracker only 1 person has received news. Is it reasonable to assume that a fresh round of emails is to be expected following on from last weeks round? Surely that cannot be it- would be a bit of a let down after all the hype really! Haha :)
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mez1087

Does anybody know the official start date of the course in October? Everywhere just says 1 October, but that's a Wednesday which seems a bit random.

Thanks :)

Does anybody know the official start date of the course in October? Everywhere just says 1 October, but that's a Wednesday which seems a bit random.

Thanks :)
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marinccm

Does anybody know the official start date of the course in October? Everywhere just says 1 October, but that's a Wednesday which seems a bit random.

Thanks :)


I think I read somewhere it starts the Tuesday after October 1st, so classes actually start on the 7th, but I think we need to get there earlier for orientation.

<blockquote>Does anybody know the official start date of the course in October? Everywhere just says 1 October, but that's a Wednesday which seems a bit random.

Thanks :)</blockquote>

I think I read somewhere it starts the Tuesday after October 1st, so classes actually start on the 7th, but I think we need to get there earlier for orientation.
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Poiuytrewq


That is not the only possible interpretation. The Cambridge website detailing the admission process specifies that the Board decides on 'required levels for academic and English language attainment' (although perhaps that only applies to academic conditions attached to offers) and that it has the power to decline 'a degree committee's recommendation to make an offer to any candidate who does not meet these criteria.' That sounds pretty broad, thus I would be weary of jumping into any conclusions. It does seem that the issue lacks transparency.


That sounds fair but involving a wide ambit of discretion. So I guess the degree committee scrutinizes the procedural requirements (e.g., references, and all the formalities that needs to be complied with), while the BoGS evaluates the academic rigor of the application. Being on the BoGS stage just means the degree committee finds that the formalities have been complied with and the BoGS makes the substantive evaluations.


This is what the website says about the BoGS:

"The Board is responsible for oversight of quality in graduate admissions and in this role sets the baseline for the conditions applied to offers:

required levels for academic and English language attainment:
by reference to the cost of living, the minimum level of funding a candidate will need in addition to fees
ensure that he or she is registered for use of CGSRS.
These baseline requirements are set out in the Board's admissions webpages.

The Board has power to question and decline a degree committee's recommendation to make an offer to any candidate who does not meet these criteria."

Have they enumerated their entry criteria anywhere?

<blockquote><blockquote>
That is not the only possible interpretation. The Cambridge website detailing the admission process specifies that the Board decides on 'required levels for academic and English language attainment' (although perhaps that only applies to academic conditions attached to offers) and that it has the power to decline 'a degree committee's recommendation to make an offer to any candidate who does not meet these criteria.' That sounds pretty broad, thus I would be weary of jumping into any conclusions. It does seem that the issue lacks transparency.</blockquote>

That sounds fair but involving a wide ambit of discretion. So I guess the degree committee scrutinizes the procedural requirements (e.g., references, and all the formalities that needs to be complied with), while the BoGS evaluates the academic rigor of the application. Being on the BoGS stage just means the degree committee finds that the formalities have been complied with and the BoGS makes the substantive evaluations. </blockquote>

This is what the website says about the BoGS:

"The Board is responsible for oversight of quality in graduate admissions and in this role sets the baseline for the conditions applied to offers:

required levels for academic and English language attainment:
by reference to the cost of living, the minimum level of funding a candidate will need in addition to fees
ensure that he or she is registered for use of CGSRS.
These baseline requirements are set out in the Board's admissions webpages.

The Board has power to question and decline a degree committee's recommendation to make an offer to any candidate who does not meet these criteria."

Have they enumerated their entry criteria anywhere?
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figenaki

Hello, everybody!

This is the outline of the processing of an application, also found on the site:

http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/students/gradadmissions/prospec/pdf/process_chart1.pdf

It is evident that the status change to BoGS is a positive sign! Let's all hope it will indeed lead to offers for us!

Hello, everybody!

This is the outline of the processing of an application, also found on the site:

http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/students/gradadmissions/prospec/pdf/process_chart1.pdf

It is evident that the status change to BoGS is a positive sign! Let's all hope it will indeed lead to offers for us!
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Optimistic...

Does anyone have an idea of how long it takes for an offer to be made after a change in status to BOGS? Mine changed last week on Thursday but i haven't received any change in status to an offer.

Does anyone have an idea of how long it takes for an offer to be made after a change in status to BOGS? Mine changed last week on Thursday but i haven't received any change in status to an offer.
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mez1087

Does anybody know the official start date of the course in October? Everywhere just says 1 October, but that's a Wednesday which seems a bit random.

Thanks :)


I think I read somewhere it starts the Tuesday after October 1st, so classes actually start on the 7th, but I think we need to get there earlier for orientation.


Great, thank you.

<blockquote><blockquote>Does anybody know the official start date of the course in October? Everywhere just says 1 October, but that's a Wednesday which seems a bit random.

Thanks :)</blockquote>

I think I read somewhere it starts the Tuesday after October 1st, so classes actually start on the 7th, but I think we need to get there earlier for orientation. </blockquote>

Great, thank you.
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sheepj

Hello, guys, I'm a Chinese appalicant. I submitted my application a week before deadline last year, but I have't seen any change in my CAMSIS. It still shows awaiting consideration by department. I wonder if any Chinese applicant have received offer yet?

Besides, I have been worrying about my TOEFL. When I submitted my application last year, my TOEFL score was 107, below the English requirement of Cambridge(110, 25 each). Up to now, I haven't updated my score. Can I received an conditional offer, if I meet other criteria of Cambridge?

Hello, guys, I'm a Chinese appalicant. I submitted my application a week before deadline last year, but I have't seen any change in my CAMSIS. It still shows awaiting consideration by department. I wonder if any Chinese applicant have received offer yet?

Besides, I have been worrying about my TOEFL. When I submitted my application last year, my TOEFL score was 107, below the English requirement of Cambridge(110, 25 each). Up to now, I haven't updated my score. Can I received an conditional offer, if I meet other criteria of Cambridge?
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Anna2014

Sorry for being THAT annoying person again, but do please post if you have any status changes today, I am currently playing a game with myself whereby I refuse to check camsis unless someone else has posted a change here...don't think the game will last for very long... :p

Sorry for being THAT annoying person again, but do please post if you have any status changes today, I am currently playing a game with myself whereby I refuse to check camsis unless someone else has posted a change here...don't think the game will last for very long... :p
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Sorry for being THAT annoying person again, but do please post if you have any status changes today, I am currently playing a game with myself whereby I refuse to check camsis unless someone else has posted a change here...don't think the game will last for very long... :p


That's my plan of action too! Has anyone posted a status change over the last 24 hours? I don't think so.

<blockquote>Sorry for being THAT annoying person again, but do please post if you have any status changes today, I am currently playing a game with myself whereby I refuse to check camsis unless someone else has posted a change here...don't think the game will last for very long... :p</blockquote>

That's my plan of action too! Has anyone posted a status change over the last 24 hours? I don't think so.
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qwertyu

Sorry for being THAT annoying person again, but do please post if you have any status changes today, I am currently playing a game with myself whereby I refuse to check camsis unless someone else has posted a change here...don't think the game will last for very long... :p


That's my plan of action too! Has anyone posted a status change over the last 24 hours? I don't think so.


Any updates for Indian applicants that you've heard of?

<blockquote><blockquote>Sorry for being THAT annoying person again, but do please post if you have any status changes today, I am currently playing a game with myself whereby I refuse to check camsis unless someone else has posted a change here...don't think the game will last for very long... :p</blockquote>

That's my plan of action too! Has anyone posted a status change over the last 24 hours? I don't think so.</blockquote>

Any updates for Indian applicants that you've heard of?
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Hello, guys, I'm a Chinese appalicant. I submitted my application a week before deadline last year, but I have't seen any change in my CAMSIS. It still shows awaiting consideration by department. I wonder if any Chinese applicant have received offer yet?

Besides, I have been worrying about my TOEFL. When I submitted my application last year, my TOEFL score was 107, below the English requirement of Cambridge(110, 25 each). Up to now, I haven't updated my score. Can I received an conditional offer, if I meet other criteria of Cambridge?


Hey, I'm from China and my status in Camsis changed last week. But don't worry, I think they are still giving out more offers.

<blockquote>Hello, guys, I'm a Chinese appalicant. I submitted my application a week before deadline last year, but I have't seen any change in my CAMSIS. It still shows awaiting consideration by department. I wonder if any Chinese applicant have received offer yet?

Besides, I have been worrying about my TOEFL. When I submitted my application last year, my TOEFL score was 107, below the English requirement of Cambridge(110, 25 each). Up to now, I haven't updated my score. Can I received an conditional offer, if I meet other criteria of Cambridge? </blockquote>

Hey, I'm from China and my status in Camsis changed last week. But don't worry, I think they are still giving out more offers.
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hopehopen

Sorry for being THAT annoying person again, but do please post if you have any status changes today, I am currently playing a game with myself whereby I refuse to check camsis unless someone else has posted a change here...don't think the game will last for very long... :p


No luck... still awaiting consideration!

<blockquote>Sorry for being THAT annoying person again, but do please post if you have any status changes today, I am currently playing a game with myself whereby I refuse to check camsis unless someone else has posted a change here...don't think the game will last for very long... :p</blockquote>

No luck... still awaiting consideration!
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hopehopen

Sorry for being THAT annoying person again, but do please post if you have any status changes today, I am currently playing a game with myself whereby I refuse to check camsis unless someone else has posted a change here...don't think the game will last for very long... :p


That's my plan of action too! Has anyone posted a status change over the last 24 hours? I don't think so.


Any updates for Indian applicants that you've heard of?


No change my side, do you think its over for Indian applicants?

<blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>Sorry for being THAT annoying person again, but do please post if you have any status changes today, I am currently playing a game with myself whereby I refuse to check camsis unless someone else has posted a change here...don't think the game will last for very long... :p</blockquote>

That's my plan of action too! Has anyone posted a status change over the last 24 hours? I don't think so.</blockquote>

Any updates for Indian applicants that you've heard of?</blockquote>

No change my side, do you think its over for Indian applicants?
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neongreen

I'm still awaiting consideration too, but I really think we shouldn't lose hope as long as we didn't get a rejection.

I'm still awaiting consideration too, but I really think we shouldn't lose hope as long as we didn't get a rejection.
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